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The Bost brothers are a winning two-sport combo for Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M designated hitter Austin Bost did his best to help his little brother, Blake, learn baseball while growing up in Groves.

“Austin taught me how to punch — and taught me how to be right-handed,” Blake said amused. “So all my life I’ve hit right-handed.”

One thing: Blake is left-handed and one of two top-four left-handed quarterbacks at the A&M football team, with LSU transfer Max Johnson.

Austin, too, has spent a lot of time in the stands cheering on his little brother in football and baseball, and starting Friday, Blake will be rooting to his big brother in an NCAA regional tournament at Blue Bell Park. .

A&M, the No. 5 seed in the nation, hosts Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. Friday in the tournament opener. TCU, former school A&M freshman coach Jim Schlossnagle and Louisiana play 7 p.m. at Blue Bell in the four-team region.

It’s rare for brothers to be athletes in the same school at the same time – and even rarer when they compete in different sports. Austin is A&M’s Mr. Everything playing outfield and infield and serving as the designated hitter — really doing whatever Schlossnagle asks of him. Austin ranks ninth in the Southeastern Conference in batting average (.358) entering the NCAA Tournament for the surging Aggies.

Blake was a true first-year starter last year for Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies, and was nearly squeezed into a starting role at the end of 2021 due to injuries to Zach Calzada and Haynes King.

“It was a dream come true to have Austin with me at A&M last year,” said Blake, a year-old at Port Neches-Groves High School. “It was both of our dreams to play sports here at A&M, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Austin helped me in so many ways with sports growing up, just playing catch with me in the yard, and also just watching him play sports when I was younger.”

Left-handed pitchers are big in baseball, but the college baseball player among the brothers is right-handed. Their father, Bryan Bost, played baseball at Lamar University in the early 1990s.

“I’ve been a big baseball player since I was 5 years old,” Austin shared of the family dynamic. “I always knew baseball was my favorite sport. I played football and loved football too, but Blake always had something special when it came to football.

“Everyone always knew he was going to be the football guy, and I always loved baseball.”

The brothers excelled in both sports at Port Neches-Groves, and Austin helped the baseball team win a Class 5A baseball state title in 2017. Blake has held scholarship offers from the Arkansas State, Lamar, Incarnate Word and Austin Peay, but jumped at the chance. when Fisher offered him the chance to be a favorite extra with the Aggies — and join his brother at College Station.

“They’re almost identical twins,” A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said of the resemblance of the brothers who are three years apart. “They’re just really good young men, and it’s really (unique) that they play different sports at A&M.”

Bryan Bost even opened a training complex in Port Neches – Athletes Sports Training – when the boys were young to help them with their respective games whether they chose baseball or football.

“It was awesome coming from my dad,” said Austin, who added that he was always grateful for his parents’ constant encouragement along the way. “Opening that has really helped us grow as players.”

Austin played his freshman year at Panola College before transferring to A&M under then-coach Rob Childress. Schlossnagle was thrilled to inherit a strong-willed junior who just wanted to win — and compete in an NCAA tournament.

The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Aggies missed the SEC and NCAA playoffs altogether last year, in Childress’ final season.

“Austin Bost is a baseball player,” Schlossnagle said. “We talk all the time about being a prospect versus a ballplayer…he’s also a prospect, but he’s way more of a ballplayer than a prospect. With his football background, his family and his athleticism, he was brought up incredibly well.

“You can train him hard, and he doesn’t soften. He’s one of those guys that you almost have to get going again rather than getting ready, which is always a good trait. He loves to compete and he loves being Aggie.

If A&M and TCU win Friday, they will play Saturday night in the regional winners bracket. Schlossnagle left TCU a year ago for A&M. He led the Horned Frogs to five College World Series in Omaha, Neb., including four in a row from 2014 to 2017.

Schlossnagle’s longtime assistant at TCU, former Astros pitcher Kirk Saarloos, replaced him in Fort Worth and led the Horned Frogs to a Big 12 regular season title in his first season as a head coach.

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